When practicing Shibari, it's important for both the person tying and the person being tied to be in good physical health to avoid potential injury. Here are some important physical condition and health considerations to keep in mind:
For the person tying:
- Strength and endurance: Shibari can be physically demanding, requiring strength and endurance. Make sure to have good upper body strength, as well as good grip strength, to securely tie the ropes. Regular exercise and training can help improve strength and endurance.
- Proper posture: Maintaining proper posture during tying can help avoid strain and injury to your back and shoulders. Make sure to stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, keep your back straight, and avoid leaning forward or hunching over. It is best to have your partner in the desired position when you are tying them. A certain tie can be comfortable in a certain position but unacceptable in another.
For the person being tied:
- General health: Before participating in a Shibari session, make sure you are in good general health. If you have any medical conditions or injuries, consult with your healthcare provider to ensure it is safe for you to participate.
- Allergies: Some people may have allergies to certain types of ropes or materials used in Shibari. If you have any known allergies, make sure to communicate this with your partner and avoid those materials.
- Comfortable clothing: Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely during the session. Avoid clothing that is too tight or restricts movement.
- Hydration: Staying hydrated is important during a Shibari session, especially if it's physically demanding. Make sure to drink plenty of water before and during the session.
- Flexibility: Flexibility is important for achieving various ties and positions. Make sure to warm up before a session and regularly stretch to improve flexibility. Be honest about your flexibility and strength. Can you touch your elbows behind your back? can you touch your toes with your legs straight?
By keeping these physical condition and health considerations in mind, both the person tying and the person being tied can have a safer and more successful Shibari session.